#55 CG — Give to the Winds Your Fears
Give to the winds your fears, hope, and be undismayed;
God hears your sighs and counts your tears, God shall lift up your head.
Through waves and clouds and storms He gently clears the way;
Wait for His time, so shall the night soon end in joyous day.
This hymn reminds me, once again, that being God’s child is not a magic talisman against the everyday tragedies that seem to be a part of life in this world. There will be sighs, tears, waves, clouds, storms…and we aren’t anymore immune to them than anyone else. No, a relationship with God does not give us a free pass from life’s hardships.
So what does our relationship afford us in this life? First of all, the hymnist reminds us that God is intimately concerned with our feelings—our sighs are heard, our tears are counted, and we can look forward to God lifting our heads. We are not abandoned in our feelings of despair, fear, or resignation. Second, we are reminded that through the storms of life we do not travel alone. In the Arctic Ocean, ships carrying cargo follow behind a very special vessel called an icebreaker. Its job is to clear the way through the treacherous ice-bound ocean so that the cargo ship can carry out its purpose.
In treacherous waters, God is our “icebreaker”. The sea is vast, and ice-bound; but we do not travel alone, and we need not lose hope.